Update on plans of a “new” Library
In the Fall, the City Commission contracted the FleischmanGarcia firm as consultants to complete a feasibility study of the 17,000 sq. ft. St. Pete Beach City Hall building for conversion to the new site for the SPB Library. (existing Library is 8,200 sq. ft). In close consultation with the Library Administrator, City Finance Director, and others, a detailed lay-out drawings of a 2-story Library were completed, along with the final study report including cost estimates. Now the same architectural firm is assessing the feasibility of relocating City Hall operations to the former Police Station building, now vacant. With this report due sometime in February, 2015, the City Commission is expected to make decisions on how and where the Library project moves forward.
The fundraising campaign has been in a quiet phase until the Library location is determined. However, at the request of Mayor Lowe and the new City Manager Wayne Saunders, the 2-yr. $200,000 construction grant received by the City from the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative in February of 2013 was extended for an additional 12 months; now due to expire February of 2016.
The Friends of the St. Pete Beach Library continue their efforts to raise money for the “future” Library. The Holiday Silent Auction of literary baskets was extremely successful, raising $1,700+ . Beautiful leather booksmarks are gifts to donors of $10 or more. And SPB Library tote bags are also for sale at the Library Circulation Desk. Additionally, the Montessori School and St. John Vianney Church presented the Library with a check for $1,500 at a January City Commission meeting. These funds were raised at the jointly-sponsored Pass-a-Grille annual Fish Broil held in November.
Enthusiasm for the Library project remains high among the Library’s patrons and, of course, interest in where the “new” library will be continues as the City Commission completes the information gathering essential to making a sound decision.
Residents in the St. Pete Beach Library service area who wish to contribute to the Library construction project are encouraged to contact Phyllis Ruscella, the Library Administrator, either at her email address or by phone:
Donations may be made via mail or in-person:
City of St. Pete Beach LIBRARY, Reimagine Renovation Campaign
365 – 73rd Avenue
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706–1920
Credit card donations can only be made in person at the Library.